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Ohio State is forming a working group of the International Travel Policy Committee to develop protocols and assess the viability of university-wide international travel by students, including education abroad programs for the 2020-21 academic year. The working group will develop assessment criteria to align preexisting health and safety standards with current travel restrictions and university precautions related to COVID-19.

With autumn semester on the horizon, guidelines already have been put in place that give Ohio State the flexibility to review education abroad programs at various intervals based on program start dates, travel timelines and financial commitment deadlines. The assessment process takes into consideration many factors including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State, State of Ohio travel requirements and university guidelines among other national and international resources.

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While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The good news is there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency.

This May is Mental Health Month! The Office of International Affairs is highlighting tools and resources available for students at Ohio State.

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SarahFlanagan webSarah Flanagan, computer science and engineering and Japanese double major and new Ohio State alumna, was recently awarded a position with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.

A teaching exchange program managed by the government of Japan, The JET Program brings people from all around the world to facilitate cultural exchange with students and communities throughout Japan.

Flanagan studied abroad at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan during the 2017-2018 academic year and said she was inspired to apply for the JET Program because of studying abroad.

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Ohio State is conducting a study on the impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning. Students and faculty are invited to participate and help benefit the university’s Margaret Herlan Busch Student Assistance Fund.

The survey, available at go.osu.edu/covidsurvey, is a joint effort by the University Institute for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Student Academic Success, the Center for the Study of Student Life and the Office of International Affairs. It is open now through May 15.

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Led by Dr. James L. Moore III, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the College of Education and Human Ecology offered the education abroad program during this past spring break. Titled, “Higher Education in Brazil: Access, Equity, and Opportunity,” this education abroad experience took place in the Bahia region of Brazil.

The course aims to expose Ohio State students to educational access and equity challenges in Brazil commonly experienced by low-income and first-generation college students enrolled in American universities and colleges. 

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